The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2002)

To the degree that one artist can bring out the best in another, Nijinsky is an inspired masterpiece. Australian director Paul Cox has not fashioned a biography of Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (1880-1950), nor is this a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 29, 2002
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Certainly no biopic, Nijinsky is short on facts, but long on expression.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Has its share of arresting images.

Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A gift to anyone who loves both dance and cinema

Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail

Just the labour involved in creating the layered richness of the imagery in this chiaroscuro of madness and light is astonishing.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Fans of Nijinsky will savor every minute of Cox's work.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

.. this unorthodox documentary works for those who have a sensitivity to the artist and to his struggles against such a cold and indifferent world.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Those who are only mildly curious, I fear, will be put to sleep or bewildered by the artsy and often pointless visuals.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is not a mass-market entertainment but an uncompromising attempt by one artist to think about another.

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Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

There is a beautiful, aching sadness to it all. Paul Cox needed to show it. It is up to you to decide if you need to see it.

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John Ballantine
Cox embraces a wonderful life by making it about boring visuals and confusing shots. Not the way that Nijinsky deserves to be remembered.